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Build a Set of Washer Boxes
(c) 2007 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com
Nearly everyone is familiar with the game
of Horseshoes, where 36" iron stakes are placed 40-feet apart and iron horseshoes are thrown at the stakes. It is a common "backyard" game, but one that has drawbacks; namely, it takes a pretty large back yard, and the horseshoes can dig up the grass when they land. Often, the soil must be loosened around the stakes (or a box of sand is placed around the stakes).
Many people don't have access to such a space where they can set up a horseshoe court. For those people, there is a very similar game that can be played outside in a much smaller space, on any surface (including concrete). You could even play indoors inside a gym or a large room (within reason, of course).
In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a set of washer boxes and show you how to play Washers. The woodworking is very easy, and can be done with very simple woodworking tools. It is a quick project, but one that will bring a lot of fun to your backyard parties without damaging your yard or patio.
Download the Free
to build a set of Washer Boxes (PDF).
- Woodworking: Easy
- Finishing: None
Time to Complete
- 1-2 Hours
- Compound Miter Saw or Circular Saw
- Power Drill
- 3 - 2x6 x 8' Treated lumber
- 2 - Pieces of 3/4" A/C Plywood measuring 12" x 48"
- 2 - 2" diameter U-Bolts
- 2 - 1" Key Rings
- 12' - Lightweight chain
- 2-1/2" deck screws
- 1-5/8" deck screws
- 3" diameter fender washers - Three for each player
- Spray Paint in various colors to mark each set of washers
- Tape Measure
- Layout Square